93-94 LS&A Bulletin

Studies in Religion

445 W. Engineering Building


Professor Roy Rappaport, Director

May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program

The Studies in Religion Program provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of religion; promotes an understanding of diverse religious traditions; and examines religious questions which arise in all cultures. The concern of the program is not to inculcate a particular doctrine or faith but rather to broaden and deepen a student’s knowledge and understanding of religious traditions.

Prerequisites to Concentration. Religion 201 and 202.

Concentration Program. Two courses chosen from Religion 365, 369, 452, and 455; and 18 additional credits of electives chosen in consultation with and approved by a concentration advisor. Electives may be structured as follows:

1. Concentration in a single department, with a theme which enables a student to approach the study of religion from a single perspective:

  Religion as an idea (Philosophy).

  Religion as a cultural force through time (History).

  Religion as a social phenomenon (Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology).

  Religion as a subject of expression (English or History of Art).

  Religion as tradition (Near Eastern Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, Linguistics; appropriate elementary language proficiency is required for concentration in these departments).

2. Selected electives in Religion are listed below. (Many of these courses are crosslisted with other departments.)

3. Students may also choose from a large selection of courses in other departments which relate to religion in the areas of: Afroamerican and African Studies, American Culture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, College Honors, English, Asian Languages and Cultures, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Music History and Musicology, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Permission must be granted by the Director of the program for related courses to be included as electives.

Advising. Prospective concentrators are encouraged to consult concentration advisor, Dr. Astrid Beck. Appointments are scheduled at 445 W. Engineering Building, 764-4475.

Courses in Religion (Division 457)

120/ABS 120. Introduction to Tanakh/Old Testament. (4). (HU).

121/ABS 121. Introduction to the New Testament. (3). (HU).

179/University Courses 179. Mere Ritual, Meaningful Gesture: The Psychology of Sacred and Secular Rituals. (4). (HU).

201/GNE 201. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. I. (4). (HU).

202/Buddhist Studies 220/Asian Studies 220. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. II. (4). (HU).

203. Introduction to the Christian Tradition. I. (4). (HU).

204/GNE 204. Islamic Religion: An Introduction. (4). (HU).

225/S&SEA 225. Hinduism. (3). (HU).

230(320)/Asian Studies 230/Buddhist Studies 230/Phil. 230. Introduction to Buddhism. (4). (HU).

245/GNE 245/Great Book 245. Great Books of the Ancient Near East. (4). (HU).

280/ABS 280. Jesus and the Gospels. (4). (HU).

281/ABS 281. Jesus and the Gospels. Rel. 280. (4). (HU).

282/ABS 282. Letters of Paul in Translation. (3). (Excl).

283/ABS 283. The Beginnings of Christianity. II. (4). (Excl).

286/History 286. A History of Eastern Christianity from the 4th to the 18th Century. (3). (HU).

303/SSEA 303. Sikhism. (3). (HU).

304/Religion 304. Sikhism II. Rel. 303. (3). (HU).

310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American Experience. (3). (HU).

312. Church and American Society. (3). (HU).

315/GNE 315. Classics in the Study of Religion. Rel. 201 or 202, or another religion course. (3). (Excl).

316/Buddhist Studies 316/Asian Studies 316. Japanese Religion. (3). (Excl).

323/Buddhist Studies 325. Buddhism in Zen Perspective. (3). (HU).

350/ABS 350. History of Christian Thought, I: Paul to Augustine. (4). (Excl).

355/Women's Studies 355. Women and Religion in the U.S. Women's Studies 240. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

358/GNE 362/Hist. 306. History and Religion of Ancient Israel. (3). (HU).

359/GNE 363/Hist. 307. History and Religion of Classical Judaism. May be elected independently of Religion 358. (3). (HU).

360/ABS 360. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Primary History. I. (4). (HU).

361. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Prophets. (4). (Excl).

362. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Writings. (4). (Excl).

365/Phil. 365. Problems of Religion. I and IIIa. (3; 2 in the half-term). (HU).

369/Psych. 313. Psychology and Religion. Introductory psychology or senior standing. (4). (Excl).

375/MARC 375/German 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).

380/ABS 380. Selected Topics in Christian Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Only one course from Religion 380, 387, and 487 may be elected in the same term.

387. Independent Study. I, II, and III. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

396. Comedy in Catholic Contexts. (4). (Excl).

401/ABS 491. Seminar in Religion. Permission of department. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits.

402. Seminar in Religion. Religion concentrators with junior or senior standing. (2). (Excl).

404/ABS 496/Anthro. 450. Comparative Religion: Logos and Liturgy. Upperclass standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated with permission for a total of 6 credits.

405. Aspects of the Judaic Background to the New Testament and Early Christianity. III. (3). (Excl).

444/ABS 444. Myth in the Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern World. (3). (Excl).

452/Anthro. 448. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

455/Soc. 455. Religion and Society. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).

466/GNE 466. The Social and Religious Thought of the Hebrew Prophets. (3). (Excl).

468/Class. Civ 466. Greek Religion. (3). (Excl).

469/GNE 468/Jud. Stud. 468. Jewish Mysticism. (3). (Excl).

470/GNE 567/Jud. Stud. 470. Topics in the Study of Judaism: The Sabbath and Sacred Time. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.

478/GNE 478/Judaic Studies 478. Topics in Modern Judaism: Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

480/Asian Studies 480/Buddhist Studies 480/Philosophy 457. Problems in Buddhism. Rel. 230 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).

481/GNE 481/Engl. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, I. (4). (HU).

485/GNE 485. Muslim Sages. (3). (Excl).

487. Independent Study. I, II, and III. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.

488/ABS 483/Class. Civ. 483. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilization. (4). (Excl).

489/ABS 484. Introduction to New Testament Interpretation. Rel. 280 or 281. (4). (Excl).

495/ABS 495 The Gnostic Religion. NES 200 recommended. II. (3). (Excl).

497. Senior Honors Thesis. I and II. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

498/ABS 498. Ethics and Society in Early Christianity. (3). (Excl).

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